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This weekend was the third and final week of our series, “The Story.” In his message,  Joe shared about how and why we to share the gospel in a compelling manner, inviting others to trust in Jesus for their salvation. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan:

Pre-Service – “True Love” (C) [Phil Wickham]
Welcome
“Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)” (G) [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
Greeting Time
Announcements
Message – “The Story: Share It Compellingly” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Your Great Name” (Bb) [Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff]
“Lead Me To The Cross” (Bm) [Brooke Ligertwood]
“I Will Go” (F#m) [Tim Neufeld, Jon Neufeld, Allen Salmon]
Dismissal

Thoughts: I believe this weekend was a great weekend for our church. Joe really called us all into sharing the gospel with the people in our lives, because Jesus is worth it. Our singing echoed that same thought, and it was a great call and challenge to each of us as we evaluated our priorities.

We began in the pre-service time the same as we had the previous two weeks, with “True Love” by Phil Wickham. I love this song, because it is a very powerful portrait of the gospel and what Jesus accomplished for us. We then began the service by inviting the Lord to have His way in us as we sang “Hosanna (Praise Is Rising),” which is an excellent call to worship. Later, we responded to Joe’s message with “Your Great Name,” reflecting on the power of the name of Jesus. Jesus changes everything. His name, and His name alone, has the power to save. We continued with “Lead Me To The Cross” to give us words through which to express our submission to the Lord’s call to take up our cross and follow Him in proclaiming the good news. We closed our service with another song in that same vein, “I Will Go,” which is a little bit of a punch in the gut, if we’re honest. It calls us from our comfort and privilege to sacrifice, service, and submission in reaching the lost and needy in our world. Everyone who encounters Jesus has to wrestle with that decision–either they leave following Him more closely, or they walk away further from Him and more committed to being “lord” of their own lives. I called the church to see the surpassing worth of Jesus and what He has done for us, and to respond with living our lives in worship and submission to Him. He alone is worthy!

Your turn: what were your experiences, observations, or take-aways from these past two weekends?

– Bill

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This weekend, our lead pastor, Joe Hishmeh, shared the “State of the Church,” where he celebrated what God has been doing in our church, dedicated our church to what God is currently doing, and anticipated the future of our ministry in Topeka and around the world. It is incredible to see what God has been doing and to envision what could happen with our church as we continue to pursue Him. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Welcome
“Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)” (G) [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
“Before The Throne” (A) [Charitie Lees Bancroft, Vicki Cook, arr. by The Modern Post]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “State of the Church” [Joe Hishmeh]
“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” (G) [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin]
“God Of This City” (B) [Richard Bleakley, Aaron Boyd, Boyd Aaron, Peter Comfort, Ian Jordan, Peter Kernaghan, Andrew McCann, also sung by Chris Tomlin]
“Lord Of All” (B) [Kristian Stanfill]
Tag of “How Great Is Our God” (B) [Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves]

Dismissal

Thoughts: This was an exciting weekend in our church. We don’t take much time throughout the year to celebrate how God has moved in our church and to dream together about what is possible here. We dreamed and prayed for a major awakening in Topeka, asking the Lord for 18,000 new believers in our county. This wouldn’t be possible with just our church, but would need to involve all the gospel-preaching churches here. It will be amazing to see what God will do.

For our singing this weekend, we sang “Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)” to invite God to have His way in us and to celebrate how He has redeemed us. “Before The Throne” was our main gospel-focused song, singing about how Jesus is our divine Substitute and Advocate. I absolutely love the clarity of the gospel in this song. In the middle of the message, after Joe celebrated some of the amazing things God has been doing in our church, we sang “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord).” We did this just with one guitar and the voices, and it was a great moment this weekend. We responded to the vision for our future by singing “God Of This City,” and its chorus was a great declaration for us this weekend: “For greater things have yet to come/ Greater things are still to be done in this city.” It had been a while since I had sung this song (because it had been played so often at the time), and it felt fresh for me this weekend. We finished the service by singing about God’s sovereign lordship and power in “Lord of All,” and tagged the chorus of “How Great Is Our God.” It felt fitting to end with this, because God is the one who will direct our steps with His perfect wisdom, and who can uphold us as we sacrifice and serve to advance His kingdom.

– Bill

What were your thoughts or experiences from your worship gathering this weekend?

This past weekend, we continued in our fifth message of our series – “Seven.” Our pastor, Joe Hishmeh, shared from Philippians 2:3-4 about the importance of having healthy friendships in following Christ. The best way to have great friendships is to be a great friend–one who loves like Jesus has loved us. Joe called us to being available, building up, accepting, enduring, sharpening, and understanding in our friendships. It was a great call for us, and it was something I needed to hear this weekend. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Welcome
“Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)” (G) [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
“Unchanging” (G) [Chris Tomlin]

Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Seven: Friends – Philippians 2:3-4” [Joe Hishmeh]
“One Thing Remains” (Bb) [Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, Christa Black]
“How He Loves” (Bb) [John Mark McMillan]
“Everlasting God” (Bb) [Brenton Brown, Ken Riley]

Dismissal

Thoughts: This weekend was a great Mothers’ Day Weekend. Joe’s message was very challenging, and our times of singing were really moving. It was highlight to sing “One Thing Remains” and “How He Loves” together again. I really enjoy both of those those songs because they portray the love of God for us so uniquely and powerfully.

Since Joe was talking about friendship and how our relationships ought to reflect the gospel and how Christ gave Himself up for us, you can see that we sang primarily of Christ’s unfailing love and grace for us. I believe when we sing of true character of God, we are also in a sense calling ourselves to reflect that character in our own lives. What we praise, in some way we also desire to be. If we want to love like Christ, let’s worship Him for His amazing love for us, which He demonstrated at the cross.

– Bill

What were your thoughts or experiences from your worship gathering this weekend?

For our tenth week of our 2 Corinthians series – “Purpose In Christ,” our family pastor, Brian Tryhus, preached through 2 Corinthians 11-12, and taught about how we as believers need to handle trials and difficulties in our lives. He challenged us to recognize our own weakness, and to find our strength in Christ alone. It was a powerful reminder to all of us. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Pre-Service – “Beautiful” (C) [Phil Wickham]
Welcome/Call to Worship
“Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)” (G) [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
Greeting Time
Child Dedications
Announcements/Trash Mountain Documentary Trailer

Message – “Purpose In Christ, pt. 10” [Brian Tryhus]
“It Is Well” (B) [Horatio G. Spafford, Todd Fields]
“Always” (B) [Kristian Stanfill, Jason Ingram]
“One Thing Remains” (B) [Christa Black, Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle]
Dismissal

Thoughts: This was a great Palm Weekend celebration. Our team did a great job! We also had two brand new team members: Matthew Gonzales on drums and Dawn Phoenix helping with background vocals. It was great to see them connecting with the team and finding their fit in ministry. I loved how everything connected in our services, and the songs we sang this weekend were some of my favorites. It had been a while for all of the final three songs, so it was refreshing to sing them together with our congregation once again. I am so grateful for what the Lord continues to do in our church. I’m am really pumped about Good Friday and Easter this week! It will be our best one yet!

– Bill

What were your thoughts or experiences from your worship gathering this weekend?

This weekend marked the third week of our series through 2 Corinthians– “Purpose In Christ.” Our adult discipleship pastor David Hinkle shared about how our sufficiency and adequacy is from God through the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. It was such a powerful and encouraging reminder! You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:


Pre-service – “Glorious” (C) [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
Welcome
“Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)” (G) [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Purpose In Christ – Our Sufficiency in Christ” [David Hinkle]
Communion – “Because of Your Love” (G) [Phil Wickham]

“Glorious” (C) [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
“Happy Day” (C) [Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon]
Dismissal

Thoughts: This was a beautiful weekend. We changed our service times to 5 AM & 6:30 PM on Saturday, and 9:15 AM & 11 AM on Sunday, and it seemed like it helped level out the attendance between the four. We began our weekend singing “Glorious” by Paul Baloche and Brenton Brown. I loved this song the first time I heard it when Paul Baloche sang it at a worship event I attended. I love the lyric of the song, and the melody has a very unique, almost haunting, feeling to it. It is really just beautiful all around. I have had several people comment about how much they enjoy the song when I told them we would be singing it this weekend. It was a great fit for the weekend’s message, as well. In order to teach it quickly this weekend, we sang it as the countdown song and then again later in the service. I think that helped out overall. “Because of Your Love” was a beautiful fit for this week, connecting the dots between David’s message and communion. “Happy Day” was a high point and a great way to send one another out this week, as we celebrated together the finished work of Christ on our behalf. Communion weekends are always a highlight moment for me and our congregation. I really believe that the extra emphasis on the gospel through communion helps us to remember the why of worship, and we respond accordingly. I am so grateful for our church and the opportunities we have to worship together. I love it!

Thanks for reading and being a part of this with me!

– Bill

What were your thoughts or experiences from your worship gathering this weekend?

This week we continued in our third week of Advent and our series, “Simple Christmas.” Pastor Joe Hishmeh shared about how God chooses to use simple places in His plan of redemption on this earth, and how Bethlehem was a great example of this. These kinds of places provide a perfect platform for God to display His power. I think it reminded all of us that we are here in Topeka for a purpose, and we need to join God in what He is doing here. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Welcome
“Joyful (The One Who Saves)” (C) [Edward Hodges, Henry van Dyke, Ludwig van Beethoven, w/ chorus & bridge by Brenton Brown, Jason Ingram]
“O Come Let Us Adore Him” (D) [Matt Crocker, Autumn Hardman, C. Frederick Oakeley, Ryan Taubert, John Francis Wade]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Simple Places” [Joe Hishmeh]
“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” (Em) [Henry Sloane Coffin, Thomas Helmore, and John Mason Neale, arr. by Bill Horn]

“What Child Is This” (Em) [William Chatterton Dix, arr. by Bill Horn]
“Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)” (G) [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
Dismissal

Thoughts: This was a great weekend! We arranged everything with a heavy acoustic emphasis. We had two acoustics, electric bass, keys, drums with mostly hot rods, djembe, and muted trumpet played by our discipleship pastor, David Hinkle. Our band did such a good job of finding their respective fit in the mix, and it turned out great. I love our team and how God has gifted them. It is a blessing to serve with each of them.

We repeated “Joyful (The One Who Saves)” from last week, and it is just a great song to start with. I love the combination of old and new with this one. We also sang “O Come Let Us Adore Him” from Hillsong’s Christmas album, We Have A Savior. This is another song that we introduced last year during Advent, and we sang it recently in our Overflow night of worship last Sunday. The added chorus (“O come all ye faithful/ Come let us adore Him”) just stays with you. The chorus just blasts (reaches a G at one point, and I get a little red in the face as a result…), creating a ton of energy. Combined with the band we used this weekend, it was a great moment.

We responded to the message with “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “What Child Is This,” both with the feel of a lazy acoustic groove, which was really locked in by our drummer Bob Fulmer, percussionist Ryan Hoskinson, and our bassist Ben Engstrom. I loved the way these two songs worked together.

We finished the weekend with “Hosanna (Praise Is Rising),” really making the chorus of the song our prayer: “Hosanna (which is a name meaning “come save us”), Hosanna/ You are the God who saves us/ Worthy of all our praises/ Hosanna, Hosanna/ Come have Your way among us/ We welcome You here, Lord Jesus.” Because of the message this weekend, we wanted to finish by declaring that God has each of us here in Topeka for a purpose, and we want His will to be done and His kingdom to expand here. This song was a great way to finish our weekend together. It was the first time I had ever seen this song done at the end of a service (it is usually a “call to worship” kind of song), but I liked it a lot as a send off.

All in all, it was a wonderful weekend together with the church. We prayed together for the families who were affected by the tragedy in Newtown, CT, which was a sobering reminder of the evil in this world, and for us to make our relationships a priority in this lifetime. We need to share the love of Jesus with one another, and with the world around us. We need to be lights in the darkness. Change begins with us.

As a side note, I got to baptize my 5-year-old daughter after the last service this weekend, which was an amazing blessing. I am so thankful that she has trusted in the saving work of Jesus for her, and wants the world to know. It’s a beautiful thing!

What were your thoughts or experiences on your worship experience this weekend?

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This week our pastor, Joe Hishmeh, shared some biblical wisdom regarding friendship, as we began a new series called “Can You Relate?”. He emphasized the importance of having true, deep friendships in following the Lord. We need people we can trust with all our lives. As he said during the message, “Deep friendships are enduring,” and “I need to be what I want to see in others.” The areas where Joe pointed our focus were availability, acceptance, awareness, affirmation, and appreciation. It was a powerful challenge, especially for someone who leans toward being a “loner” like I do. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

For our singing this week, we focused mostly on songs that emphasized the solid foundation and constant presence of Christ with us. He never changes, He never fails, and He never leaves us. He is a shelter and a refuge, and we can trust in Him.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Pre-Service – “Beautiful Things” (D) [Michael Gungor, Lisa Gungor]
“Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)” (G) [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]

Welcome/Greeting Time

“Cornerstone” (Bb) [Edward Mote, Jonas Myrin, Reuben Morgan, Eric Liljero, William B. Bradbury]
Time of Confession
“God Is Able” (Bb) [Reuben Morgan, Ben Fielding]
“Your Name” (Bb) [Paul Baloche, Glenn Packiam]
Message – “Can You Relate? – Friends” [Joe Hishmeh]
Offering/Response Time
“Forever Reign” (Ab) [Reuben Morgan, Jason Ingram]

Announcements/Dismissal

“Beautiful Things” – We sang this song during the countdown time this weekend. I have wanted to do it for a long time, and it finally worked out and fit well. I love the lyric of this song, as it reminds us that despite the brokenness and sin in our lives and our world, Jesus makes things new and can make beautiful things from the mess. He is the one who can restore and recreate us. This song is written by Gungor, which is an amazingly talented and creative band. They use varying textures and stylings throughout their catalog of music, and it is always an enjoyable listen. If you haven’t heard them, check them out (“Dry Bones” is probably my favorite song of theirs – it’s AMAZING).

“Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)” – This is one of our church’s favorite songs, and it is a great song to use towards the beginning of a service, as it is a call to worship and to opening our lives to the direction of the Lord. We can trust Him and give Him our lives without fear, because He is faithful and able, and in Him there is hope and promise.

“Cornerstone” – This song is fairly new to our congregation (our NextGen worship director, Erik Oldberg, introduced it last week during our family worship weekend). I had first heard this song before Easter this year, but it had fallen off my radar, and I’m glad Erik brought it back up after the new Hillsong Live release. I really appreciate how this song uses a beautiful and powerful lyric, and gives it a fresh take for a younger generation. In my opinion, “On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand” is one of the greatest hymns (remember that a “hymn” is basically a metered poem of praise to God that was usually set to music at a later time) ever penned. It inspires our confidence in the finished work of Christ alone, and that is the type of thing we need to sing continually, because we tend to drift toward confidence in what we do/have done and toward independence rather than dependence on Christ. I have had this song stuck in my head all week. I look forward to continuing to sing it together with our church.

“God Is Able”  After a time where we confessed sin–things that come between us and the Lord or between us and the people around us–we sang this song and trusted in the Lord’s finished work for us, and in His unfailing love and presence with us. He is with us, He is for us, and He is on our side.

“Your Name” – We haven’t sung this song in a long time (I’m not sure I have even sung it here with Fellowship), but with the subject matter, Sarah singing with us, and the cello, it was a perfect fit. I have always enjoyed this song. It is simple, but once again, it points our confidence to Jesus Christ as our “strong and mighty tower,” “a shelter like no other,” and the only one who has the power to save.

“Forever Reign” – We responded to the message with this song, which sings of the perfect attributes of God, compared with our failings and weaknesses. It is one of our congregation’s favorite songs, and it has become one of mine as well. The bridge is a great moment of dedication: “My heart will sing/ No other name/ Jesus, Jesus.” Before we sang, we committed to opening our lives up to others in one of the areas that Joe spoke about during the message. Then we turned to look to Christ and to commit ourselves to Him, who is the only one who can truly transform us.

This weekend was really simple and enjoyable, because we used a purely acoustic band. Erik and Sarah Oldberg led with me, and we also had a first-time cellist, Laramie Hulse, playing with us. She did a great job for her first time playing with us and getting used to the way we do things, and I’m looking forward to having her play with the team again in the near future. I have to confess that cello is probably my favorite instrument (aside from guitar), because of its powerful warmth and range. If I could find the time to learn another instrument, that would be the one.

We didn’t use our in-ear monitoring system this weekend, and instead switched to floor monitors, and it was nice to hear the congregation singing out in the open. The accuracy and clarity of in-ears forces us to sacrifice a little in the way of hearing the congregation as clearly, while using floor monitors forces us to sacrifice a little in clarity and accuracy. For that reason, it’s not always the best for our team to use wedges, but this week was a perfect week to do it.

I hope you had a great weekend of worship wherever you were!

What were your thoughts or experiences from this weekend in your church?

 

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